I Believe in Synchronicity…

It starts around 1 minute and 20 seconds and the energy transference is complete rather quickly! For an explanation of how it happens, check out this link at Open Culture. Here’s the short answer from Gizmodo: “the metronomes are transferring energy to the platform they’re on, which then transfers that energy back to the metronomes—until they all sync up and… Continue reading

Total Annual Cost Is a Steal

This month was “true up” month with the electric company. In other words, we had pay the difference between what we had been paying for electricity every month over the last year (a flat rate of $4.00 per month) and the actual cost of the electricity we actually used. Our monthly average electric bill for the 12 months prior to… Continue reading

Our Solar System Goes Live

Well, the new solar energy panels are atop the house and percolating! I’m glad we are doing our part to live more sustainably: driving on sunshine and producing electric energy from the sunshine. In the few days we have had the solar system live, we have produced exactly 99.9 kWhs of electricity. Right now, as I write, the system is… Continue reading

Buying a Galaxy…

Well, only if you have as much money as Mitt Romney. We can only afford a solar system: a 5.76 kwh system (that’s the DC numbers) designed to replace 75%+ of our electric bill with electricity from sunshine. The system pays for itself in 7 years. After that, it’s free and clear energy that doesn’t pollute our world. We’re excited!… Continue reading

Worth It’s Own Post!

Michelle commented on my post: Cost of Driving Chloé. She said: Thanks for your research Tim, I’m considering my next car purchase this year…I hate to say this, but you’ve left out the carbon footprint of the electricity production… which is considerable in our coal-based system here in Tennessee. However – there will soon be little solar panel charge stations… Continue reading

Update on Chloé, Our Nissan Leaf

Chloé, our all electric car, has now topped 1,000 miles. Yep, that’s 1,000 miles without any gasoline. (Put another way, that’s easily over $100 I haven’t given to the evil oil empire.) Driving it here in Sausalito has been an adjustment because this area has some serious hills. (Since I was raised in Florida, I think of them as mountains!)… Continue reading

Another Glimpse

Warp Drive So here is a glimpse of Chloé’s dashboard. (Yes, I went crazy with a preset in the Flare app.) It looks a good bit different from the dashboard of any other car I’ve ever had. I’m getting more familiar with the controls and information displays every day. Chloé has two drive modes: normal and Eco. In normal drive… Continue reading

Getting Beach Tar Off of Skin

Today we went walking along the beach and plopped our beach chairs surf side to enjoy a moment of sunshine and the cool ocean breeze. When I sat down, I noticed I had a glob of tar near the heal of my foot. And since I had forgotten to wear my “official beach shoes,” I was going to have a… Continue reading

But Whatever Does It Mean?

Today I saw a bumper sticker that read: “Proud user of fossil fuel.” So, what does that mean? Drill baby, drill? Someone in my family works for the oil industry? I’m a weirdo? I just don’t know what to make of it. Strange, indeed.… Continue reading

He Looks Like Mr. Clean

The carefully placed shine on the top of his head is brilliant marketing! Godlike. Saintly. Trust me.   I am your savior. The LCD TV screen instead of a poster spends your BP dollar well while making the white on the graph look as white as possible — much brighter than a poster board would appear! A wrinkle-free grey shirt. The… Continue reading